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‘Men of Tomorrow’ honored at pageant

Congratulations to the 16 young men who made their debut into manhood on Saturday at an elegant event at Jungle Island. The young men, who were selected from schools throughout Miami Dade and Broward counties, were presented at the 2013 Men of Tomorrow Pageant. Sponsored by the Egelloc Civic and Social Club, the young men were selected for their character and scholastic ability and talent.

The honorees are: Dwayne Holloway, president; Troy A. Duffie, vice president; Isaiah Williams, second vice president; Gregory Wright, II, recorder; Travis Hall Jr., chaplain; and Justin White, assistant chaplain.

Also, Miron Frederick, Sean Malik Watts, Albert Smalls, Michael Smith Jr., Stirling McMurray, Kwame Pla, David Harris, David Cheesborough, Berrie Dailey, and Jeffrey Brown.

Mary Salary, a past president of the organization, said the boys are selected in September. The presentation takes place in April. During the months from September through April, the boys attend workshops at which community professionals lead discussions on health, careers and law enforcement.

Luncheon to honor philanthropists

The Miracle Makers Luncheon and Fashion Show will be at 11 a.m. on May 3, at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, One Lincoln Rd. The event, according to a press release, will honor South Florida's most philanthropic individuals and will include a cocktail reception, a silent auction and luncheon, to be followed by a "spectacular" fashion show. The fashions will be from Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland's Spring 2013 collection.

The honorees are: Rosy Cancela, Crystal Connor, Jaret L. Davis, Lana Desimone, Julie Grimes, Bill Jones, Liliam Lopez, Ron Magill, Alesia Mogul, Kristy Nunez, Suzie Sayfie, Susannah Shubin, and Beth Tasca. Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz, will be honored as the 2013 Miracle Maker Power Couple.

The event will be hosted by the Women's Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami along with this year's co-chairs Irene Korge, Bronwyn Miller and Migna Sanchez-Llorens. Shannon Hori, Channel 4 New anchor, will be the mistress of ceremonies.

Tickets are $175 per person and guests can purchase raffle tickets in advance for the chance to win one of four raffle items, including a weekend stay at the Ritz Carlton, South Beach; jewelry by Mary Louise Designs; a $500 gift certificate for Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland and a couple's massage at Massage Envy, Brickell or South Beach.

For reservations and tickets, call Shaunte Young at 305-644-0066, ext. 294 or,

Register now for Boys & Girls Clubs summer programs

Registration is now open for the 2013 Summer Program at Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami Dade.

The summer programs will be at four different locations: the Hank Kline Club, 2805 SW 32nd Ave., $450 for an eight-week session, phone number is 305-446-2654; Northwest Club, 10915 NW 14th Terr., phone number, 305-758-5753, 24-week sessions (June 10-July 5, and July 8-Aug. 2, are $100 for each session; South Beach Club at Fienberg Fisher Gym, 1400 Pennsylvania Ct, phone number, 786-319-7214; eight-week session $60, and the Kendall Club, 9475 N. Kendall Dr., 305-279-3013, 24-week session, June 10-July 5, and July 8 to Aug. 2, $325 each session. .

At the summer program, youngsters are taught values such as friendship, honesty and teamwork while providing a safe and secure environment in which they can express and develop such relationships.

The program is open to all boys and girls ages 5 to 16. Five-year-olds must be entering kindergarten in the fall and teens cannot turn 17 before Sept 1, 2013. The program runs Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., although counselors will be available to supervise children beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.

To register, parents must come in person to the specific club where their children will be attending the summer program. For more information, call the organization's administrative office at 305-446-9910.

Group helps poor in Jamaica

The Angels From Heaven Inc. a non-profit organization what raises funds to help the poor in Jamaica, will have its annual Humanitarian Mission to Jamaica June 9-15.

The group has a "Needs List," that includes: monetary donations, twin-size bed linens for the hospitals, clothing for men, women and children, computers, medical supplies such as blood pressure machines, insulin syringes and needles, bandages, dressings, gloves, hand sanitizer, antibiotic ointment, antifungal cream, eye drops, laxatives, antacid, cough meds, worm meds and vitamins.

"The need is so great in the poor villages," said Cecile Dawn Dixon, president of Angels. "Some of the hospitals don't even have clean bed linens for the patients. Whatever anyone can do to help will be a blessing."

If you can help, send an email to,

Miami Lakes Garden Club holds tea party

The Miami Lakes Garden Club will have its annual Membership Tea party from 1 to 3 p.m. on May 4, which this year, coincides with the Kentucky Derby.

The free event will be at the Royal Oaks Community Center, 16500 NW 87th Ave. in Miami Lakes. Those attending will be serves refreshments and finger foods and are asked to wear a fancy hat. Awards will be given to the most creative and best looking hats.

Seating is limited, so make your reservations early by calling the organization's president Dottie Wix at 305-331-3895. program

Opa-locka chapter honored by AARP

I know it's a bit late, but I just got this bit of information and thought it shouldn't go unnoticed.

Warm congratulations to the Opa-locka chapter of AARP on being named the "Chapter of the Year" for AARP Florida in 2012.

The chapter was so honored because of the work it does in the community such as: a Day of Service, when the members help restore public parks by planting foliage, painting picnic benches and serving lunch to other helpers; helps with the get-out-the-vote during election time and writes letters to Congress on issues of concern; gives a scholarship to a deserving student in the community; purchases books, and reads to children at the library.

Members of the organization also purchases school supplies for needy children and has annual food and clothing drives to support the needy here and in Haiti.

Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Friends and Neighbors, c/o Neighbors, 2000 NW 150th Ave., Suite 1105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, fax it to 954-538-7018 or email Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.

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